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August 2017 Newsletter


Last month 's newsletter featured a few of our recently staged houses and apartments. We have a new staging we are featuring this month.  It's a $5.995 million penthouse apartment at Toll Brothers' 160 East 22nd Street, in the Gramercy Park area. This penthouse boasts 3 bedrooms and a rooftop terrace with amazing views of the Park and lower Manhattan. 

Enjoy the remainder of your summer (see some ideas below of how to do so in the city) and be safe this upcoming holiday weekend!

Warm Regards, 

Donna M. Dazzo, President
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In This Issue
Featured Staging: $5.995M Gramercy Penthouse
Market Overview: New York, NY
Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Shower Design: Tricks with Tile and Other Material!
Did You Know...? Things To Do in NYC Before Summer Ends!
Market Overview: The East End
FREE Closet Organization, Open House & Moving Checklists

This $5.995 million 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath apartment located at 160 East 22nd Street in the Gramercy Park Area certainly wouldn't show well without being staged.  Buyers would not be able to envision where their furniture would go and if it would fit.  

 Sitting Area Before Staging

Sitting Area After Staging

Sitting/Dining Area Before Staging

Sitting/Dining Area After Staging

Dining Area Before Staging

Dining Area After Staging

Sitting Area Before Staging

Sitting Area After Staging

Sitting Area Before Staging

Sitting Area After Staging

Dining Area Before Staging

Dining Area After Staging

Master Bedroom Before Staging

Master Bedroom After Staging

Terrace Before Staging

Terrace After Staging

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Tips and Tricks of the Trade: 
Shower Design: Tricks with Tile and Other Material!

If you're looking to freshen up your shower design, Houzz contributor Yanic Simard of Toronto Interior Design Group says to, "Try using smoky gray glass, reflective mirrors or graphic tile for a look that's low budget but will still wake you up every morning." Simard shares among other things below that playing with stripes, angles, tones and more can add drama to your shower enclosure. 

Vertical Stripes
Element 5 Architecture

Instead of adding a horizontal border, consider a vertical accent stripe to visually highlight the height of your shower while adding an unexpected bit of drama.

Vertical and Horizontal Stripe Combo

Y ou can also combine a horizontal band and a vertical one to create a layered look. Here, both of the flooring tiles are repeated on the wall, creating a backdrop to the shower fixtures and helping integrate the material into one palette for a look with lot of diversity but also a sense of harmony.  

Graphic Stripes

The stripes of colorful tile in concentric patterns give a shower lots of energy - this can be a great DIY project for those feeling a little handy.  

New Angles

Sometimes all you need to give a shower a dramatic new angle on the tile - specifically a tile cut at an unusual angle, rather than the more typical 90 degree. Use a contrasting grout to highlight the quirky shape and add to the veined look of a natural stone.  

Feature Flooring

If you love a wild tile but worry about how it'll look in a large area, apply it to just the shower floor. After all, it's a natural place for you to look while enjoying a relaxing shower.  

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Didyouknow    Did You Know.....? 
   Things To Do in NYC Before Summer Ends! !
We're nearing the end of summer, but there is still time for that last bit of fun to be had in the city!! Take a look at various possibilities  amNewYork has compiled, choose a couple and then go out and enjoy yourself!!

    Go to the Beach
Spend your last days of summer with sand between your toes and good book at one of these amazing   beaches.

Visit the Aquarium
You don't have to go far to discover the mysteries of the deep blue sea. Stay dry and cool at the  New York Aquarium  on Coney Island! 

Ride the Wonder Wheel
Take a spin on the legendary Coney Island Wonder Wheel!

Hang out on a Rooftop
There's nothing better than watching spending happy hour watching the sun set at a   rooftop bar.

See an Outdoor Movie

Take advantage of the perfect summer weather and  watch a flick  in the park, beach or pier for free!

For more NYC summertime activities to take advantage of, click here!

A slight departure from our usual offering of The East End statistics, check out what  Realtor.com has to say about the latest trends in East Hampton, Southampton and Southold residential real estate.

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